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Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 27th June, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the President

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the President

It’s now 4 months since our AGM and the new Committee is progressing well. A big thank you to our Race Committee who have kept us on the road and back racing in NSW. Sadly Andy Matz has resigned due to work and other more pressing commitments. We thank Andy for his assistance on the committee over the past 3 years, particularly with First Aid and ETCs. Clearly he will be missed, however, we will continue to see him at our events. Meanwhile, if anyone is interesting in helping on the committee please let me know.

Thank you to all members for continuing to participate and be interested in cycling. The winter chills and ills are certainly affecting our attendances at events of late. The cost of running events in NSW continues to be an issue. Until we can resolve training our own traffic controllers for NSW events we can only continue to hire this skill. The cost of over $1300 a race is not sustainable and we will have to consider reducing NSW events until this is resolved long term.

I noticed in our survey last year some members were unable to make races because they didn’t have access to a vehicle on the day. If you are having that problem please let me know or post on our Facebook page seeking assistance and hopefully another member may have the capacity to assist you getting to events.

The new club kit is out and about after a bit of a delay. It looks great and thank you to all involved in making this happen.

Our national body the AVCC is about to have their AGM. A note later in the newsletter includes details for those wishing to be involved.

Mentoring and race etiquette skills is listed later in the newsletter. A thank you to Mark Taylor and Matt Hinchcliffe who are willing to help club members requiring more knowledge and skills in cycling.

We have a couple of trophy events coming up. Next week is the Tonelli handicap and on 30 July we have the M&H Age Standard Time Trial for men and women. Medals are on offer for both events. The Tonelli Trophy was donated by Frank and Angie Tonelli while the M&H Trophies were donated by Marilyn and Henry Beaverstock.

Please continue to have fun and fellowship in a friendly environment while racing.

Stay upright.

Kim Malcolm
CRMCC President
President@actvets.cc

Mentoring Skills and Techniques for Racing

For all members needing to gain more confidence and understanding of bike handling and racing, 2 of our very experienced members have kindly volunteered their time to help individuals at races or other convenient times on criterium and road skills, techniques and etiquette.

If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity please contact one of them listed below:

Mark Taylor markandanita4u@bigpond.com or 0408884984

Matt Hinchcliffe 0423476341

AVCC (Australian Veteran Cycling Council Inc) AGM

We are all members of AVCC as this is our national body which arranges our insurance and racing policies.

Nominations are being sought for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee. Nominations close 5 July.

This group meets twice yearly (usually online) to discuss and finalise matters.

Please let me know if you would like to nominate for a position, Kim Malcolm 0418643623.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 2nd July – Old Federal Highway – Handicap

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 1/7/2022 8:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Turn left off new Federal Hwy (dual carriageway) onto Shingle Hill Way. The intersection is signposted to Gundaroo and approx 9 km past the Sutton Rd overpass. Park in gravel pit on corner of next intersection about 100 m in from highway.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Old Federal Highway – Tulip Farm
All Grades 3 Laps.

Race Director:  Peta Brill Contact: Email: purple_peet@hotmail.com    Ph 0416 140 528

Marshals: Lindsay Graham, Tim Brown, Kevin Newhouse, Warwick Wilson, Van driver – Michael Carr

RACE REPORT:

Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – 25th June

It was a beautiful sunny winter’s day with 17 riders taking on the terror that is Mt Tennent. Mother nature threw in WNW winds at 10km/hr which meant a headwind going up Mt Tennent, but a tailwind for a fast descent to the finish.

Having checked the club’s website, this was the first time in recent history that there was no participation from B or D grades; not one single rider. This is a worrying sign and we all need to address this by encouraging our peers to participate. Call them, offer to share rides, placate them, tell them you’ll talk to the handicapper on their behalf, etc. I know who you are, and I see you sitting on the couch reading this. It’s time to charge the Di2 or change your frayed gear cables and get back out racing.

The only valid excuses for absences I received were “COVID” and “Italy.” Birthdays, weddings etc don’t count. The other troubling sign is the frequent no shows from the super squads of the post-Cadel era, QUON, Squadra and Tiffen. It looks like The Cartel is ascending.

All the chat in the race leadup was about if the 6 C graders (split into C1 and C2) could outfox the 6 A graders (also split into A1 and A2). Some described this as brain vs brawn. Others billed it as the battle of the supergroups, think Supertramp vs ELO.

The Handicapper dished out a hefty 40mins against A1 and 28mins against C1. Was this enough rope?

The 3 F-graders took off first, and came in from their first lap all together. Ali Hale from E grade made the first lap first in TT mode ahead of Al Bontjer.

C1 had made up their 3min gap to C2 by the end of the first lap to form Supertramp, but not without some drama, as Darren had to deal with a dropped chain. The Supertramp C1 trio of Ed Logue, David Dickson and Ian Preston setting a blistering lap of 28 mins, rolling turns at 39 km/hr in between Apollo Rd and Mt Tennent.

A2 racers Michael Rosser and David Parker ended lap 1 together with lap time of 28:24.

A1 racers ended lap 1 together with Tristo, Crispy and Cal setting a lap time of 25:25, cruising at 40.4km/hr in between Apollo Rd and Mt Tennent.

For the 2nd lap, the WNW winds picked up and put everyone in the hurt locker stringing out many riders and contributing to 2 DNFs. F grade racers Cat Riley, Chris Copeland and Michelle Hodgetts were in an ITT and should be commended as all were faster than their first lap by a 90secs. E grader Ali Hale completed this lap on her own. Supertramp ended lap 2 with 4 riders (all C1 and the strongest of C2 in Darren Blackhurst), with a lap time of 30:51.

The ELO formed briefly (A1 and A2) but then some band members were split off the back at the end of lap 2, with Michael, Crispy, Tristo and Cal driving the band, and setting a lap time just 10 secs slower than their first lap, and averaging 40.4 km/hr between Apollo Rd and Mt Tennent.

As the marshals were positioning the finish line and chute, we were all waiting and expecting to see ELO make its first appearance on stage for the finish. Instead, we saw the resplendent Cat Riley coming in hot from descending Tennent with a tailwind, crossing the line uncontested as the handicap winner. Congratulations.

Meanwhile back on the course, Supertramp had started to break up on the run back over Mt Tennent. ELO had also split up with Tristo and Crispy catching Supertramp C1 founders Ed, Dave and Presto at the base of Mt Tennent, with former ELO band members Cal and Michael also catching Supertramp up Tennent.

The jazz teacher, front legal man and guitarist from ELO finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively, some 2mins behind Cat, followed by Chris from F grade, and Presto, the first C grader to finish. Congratulations to everyone.

I was very fortunate to have worked with such a professional and responsible marshalling crew in Jason Irwin, Joel Rahman and Tony Beasley, and Simon (First Aid). Thanks again to Cat Riley for baking delicious goodies. Thank you to the Race Committee for the behind the scenes coordination, and we look forward to seeing more racers participate in the F&A Tonelli Trophy handicap on Old Fed on 2 July, and then in arguably one of the best racing courses on our calendar, the Dalton NSW on 16 July.

Conan Liu

ps And a special mention from Conan the RD about Steve Simms for driving the van and helping out as an extra marshal.

Thanks,

Conan Liu

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 20th June, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 25th June – Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – Handicap

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 24/6/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: South of Tharwa. Members to park on the side of Smiths Rd and start just around the corner on Naas Rd.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Mt Tennent Terror
Course is over Mt Tennant spur to Apollo Road. Turn right onto Honeysuckle for 2km.

Race Director:  Conan Liu Contact: Email: emailconanl@gmail.com    Ph 0421 670 303

Marshals: Joel Rahman ETC, Anthony Beasley ETC, Jason Irwin, Van driver – Steven Simms

RACE REPORT:

Yass – 18th June

There were a total of 21 riders who enjoyed beautiful weather, gourmet cupcakes and a road race in Yass on Saturday afternoon. Due to a lack of entrants in A (2) and B (1) grades, the grades were combined for 2 laps of the Cooks Hill Drive course. Winner was B grader Conan Liu from David Parker 2nd and Heath Wade 3rd. Conan claimed it was a “Bradbury” moment, maybe hoping to escape the notice of the handicapper. Where was the rest of A and B grade??

C grade had 5 entrants with Brian Peak taking a narrow win over Bruce McMillan, with Ed Logue 3rd.

D grade had the most entrants, with 7 riders. Tony Beasley taking a photo-finish win over Mark Taylor with Steve Simms a close 3rd.

E grade had 4 riders. Russell Marston 1st, with Alex Sommariva 2nd and Alison Hale 3rd.

Only 2 riders for F grade, with Liz Lowe taking the win over Kat Riley.

Highlight of the day were the gourmet cupcakes and Anzac biscuits baked and supplied by Kat Riley!

Thanks to the marshalls:- Chris Copeland, Phill Coulton, Michael Carr, Ian Drayton first aid and Mat Hinchcliffe for driving the van.

Ian Preston

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 13th June, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Yass Graded Scratch this Saturday

We are still looking for a Race Director, First Aid, Marshal, and a lead/follow car driver. Without these, the race won’t run! So if you have raced this year and haven’t volunteered, plus consider stepping up and supporting your club. Please email race.committee@actvets.cc if you can assist.

Feedback on NSW Racing

Thanks to all those members who have contributed feedback about NSW racing.

David Parker
CRMCC Vice President

ps Don’t forget there is Zwift racing on Tuesday evenings.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 18th June – Yass Graded Scratch

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 17/6/2022 8:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Park just north of intersection of Orion St and Cook Hill Drive, Yass.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
Race is 50km.
Start/finish at Cooks Hill Rd approx 200m North of Discovery Drive. Ride North 15km to turnaround point. Ride 5km back and turn left onto Blakney Ck Rd. Ride 10km to turnaround point. Ride 10km back and turn left onto Cooks Hill Rd. Ride 10km back to start/finish.

Race Director:  tba Contact: Email: tba    Ph tba

Marshals: Chris Copeland, Vacant, Vacant, Vacant, Van driver – Matt Hinchcliffe

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 6th June, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

NSW Racing

Unfortunately we still do not have a solution to the problem of accredition for Traffic Controllers for NSW events.

To enable us to run events in NSW we have been using the services of professional traffic controllers. These are a very expensive option and are not financially sustainable in the long term.

While it is our intention to support our currently advertised race calendar for the remainder of the year, we will be reviewing upcoming events to assess the number of races that we can afford to run in NSW.

We would like to get feedback from Club Members about racing in NSW. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) know your thoughts.

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Racing this week

Next race is planned for 18 June at Yass.

Note we are looking for a Race Referee and some Marshals. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) know if you can assist.

RACE REPORT:

Sutton Driver Training Centre – 4th June

What a cold old day it was! I think my fingers and toes have finally thawed. 46 masters signed up to race – 40 blokes and 6 gals – there were 2 x DNS and 5 x DNF.

To everyone surprise the race was changed into a Points race sometime during the week – I think the Handicapper is looking to see who can be promoted up a grade…… The Points race format did keep everyone on their toes, everyone was trying to remember which lap the whistle had been blown and which they had to sprint on…

First off was C and D, both grades played nice and stayed together. After each sprint prime, the leaders allowed the others to catch up (or were they just smart and trying hide out of the wind). In C grade Matt Hinchcliffe took out the first 3 primes before letting others get some points, this and his third place in the final sprint ensured him the win with 10 points, 2nd was Tim Jolly, who only needed to win the final sprint to get his points, followed by Stuart Roesler in 3rd. D grade saw Andrew Hislop win the most points (9), followed by Marc Cisterna in 2nd then Anthony Beasley in 3rd.

The next race was E and F (no G graders today). This is where the girls reigned supreme. In E grade there was a breakaway of four, but no one could match the sprint of Ali Hale in all but one of the sprints giving her 1st place with 13 points. Allan Bontjer got 2nd and Russell Marston 3rd. Special mention to Sarah Stephens who got a prime in her first race – personally I don’t think she will be in E grade for long. F grade saw Cat Riley and Liz Lowe battle it out for the primes, taking turns before Cat put on her time trial legs to ride away alone for the final sprint. Cat was 1st with 13 points, Liz was 2nd (12) followed by Michelle Hodgetts in 3rd.

The last race was A and B, both grades may have complained about the cold at the start, but this did not slow their pace, forcing the most DFNs. A grade stayed together for the first few laps before David Parker and Brad Peppinck broke away. Brad gave David all the prime wins (is there something going on there??) before Steve Crispin finally bridged the gap, unfortunately for him this wasn’t enough. David won with 17 points, Brad was 2nd (14) and Steve 3rd (11). B grade saw a blistering pace put on by Jason Irwin. He put the peddle to metal leaving everyone in his wake, getting all but one prime, 22 points (shh…don’t tell the handicapper – I think he may be in A grade next race). Conan Lui collected enough points for 2nd (12) followed by Michael Rowland in 3rd (7).

Thanks to Emma Padovan (marshal) and Brian Peak (van driver) and special to Keith Joliffe for stepping in as first aider at the last minute. Also, thanks to everyone on the sideline who help me tell ‘who was who’ in the primes, as most numbers where hidden because everyone had on their winter layers.

Pat Rooke

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 30th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  More Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Race Calendar

Hi All, we are looking to fill all Road Race volunteer roles for the remainder of the year to ensure racing can go ahead. Please consider stepping up and emailing race.committee@actvets.cc with a race date and role – race director, ETC (ACT races only), marshal, lead/follow car driver, finish line, Van driver.

See our calendar at https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar and take your pick!

Criterium track extension project

The Criterium track extension project will start in the next two-three weeks, with the 10th of June the tentative start date, and weather permitting we expect the project to be completed by end of September 2022.

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

David Parker
CRMCC Vice President

ps Don’t forget there is Zwift racing on Tuesday evenings.

More Research Volunteers Wanted

We are currently recruiting for a study involving 2 blocks of 9 group training sessions (3 weeks on, 4 weeks off, 3 weeks on = 18 training sessions (approx. 45 min each) over 6 active weeks) of repeated 6 second sprints to examine the effects of a nutritional supplement (2 capsules per day). We are conducting a double-blind randomised controlled trial evaluating the effects of brown seaweed extract on the immune system. At the completion of the study each participant receives $250 as well as summary reports for VO2 max, power output, and pathology.

Get in touch – Hollie Speer, Hollie.Speer@canberra.edu.au or Ceridwen Radcliffe, Ceridwen.Radcliffe@canberra.edu.au

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 4th June – Sutton Driver Training

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 3/6/2022 6:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
C/D: 1.30pm 40 mins 1 lap
E/F/G: 2.20pm 30 mins 1 lap
A/B: 3.00pm 50 mins 1 lap
Riders to race in their road grade.

Race Director:  Pat Rooke Contact: Email: pat_rooke@yahoo.com.au    Ph  0491 628 317

Marshals: Emma Padovan, Van driver – Brian Peak

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 23rd May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Desk of the Vice President

•  Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Desk of the Vice President

Race Calendar

Please see our updated Calendar with all 28 remaining races/events across the ACT and NSW listed. Please note the exact courses and distances we have approval for, particularly in NSW, need a bit of tweaking to get spot on, but the details are 90% there! You can all start planning the remainder of your racing year! Along with your volunteering of course!

Any questions or comments please let the race committee know here, or at race.committee@actvets.cc

AusCycling and AVCC

The Committee is currently approaching both AVCC and AusCycling to see what they each can offer us as a Club going forward?

Then we can begin discussions with both freely and see what options are out there.

David Parker
CRMCC Vice President

ps Don’t forget there is Zwift racing on Tuesday evenings.

Research Volunteers Wanted

Are you a cyclist who trains for over 5 hours or 150 km per week? Are you male and aged 18 to 50 years? Are you interested in endurance performance? Are you interested in how your body adapts to the heat?.

What’s involved? VO test, Haemoglobin mass testing, Two week cycling heat acclimation protocol in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Heat response tests in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Physiological measurements (body temperature, heart-rate, sweat loss) will be collected.

Get in touch – Mr Peter McDonald, Peter.mcdonald@canberra.edu.au, ph 04159 08082

RACING THIS WEEK:

No Scheduled Race this week.

Next Race: Sutton Driver Training – 4 June

RACE REPORT:

Old Federal Highway – 21st May

A great day for riding in our second event in NSW for 2022. Thank you to our Marshalls Iain Johnstone lead car driver and also managing the finishing chute, Andrew Hislop for Following car and assisting in getting riders away at start line, Simon Whitehead with first aid, Owain Tilley for driver out the van and assistance from the race committee for setting the handicap (Rob Langridge), organising the race including approvals and traffic controllers (Chris Short) and overall management by David Parker with contributions from Kirsti McVay (Membership) to getting trial riders organised, Kevin Woods (Treasurer) pre-paying deposit for Traffic Controllers and Ian Morton for Bleat and reminders to get this race organised so quickly.

The weather was fine with a strong easterly blowing which introduced a cross wind to the challenge of completing 3 laps from Shingle Hill Way to top of Lake George and back. This was a handicapped race. Race briefings were completed for each group and apart from rubbish/debris on the edges, one pothole with loose gravel, some seeping springs in a couple of spots on the road and tyre fragments from burnouts just at the far turn the road conditions were good.

44 individuals started the race with only 4 DNF meaning 40 completed just over 36 Km. Well done to all competitors and congratulations to those who finished the course. A few minor hiccups with paper running out on the timing device and a couple of finishers not reporting to the finishing chute meant we may have got some of the timings and places out of order. Over all a good event which meant the handicapper got it fairly right with most of those on course returning within 3 minutes of each other. The rest of the field was strung out over the next 20 minutes. We had 2 trial riders in Yvonne Poels (F Grade) and Andrew Blair (A1).

F grade was away on time with 4 starters and Chris Copeland did a great first lap returning in about 25 minutes just after A1 had started.

E2 with 3 riders was away after 2 minutes followed 6 minutes later by E1 with 4 starters. Geoff Ellacott E2 had a great ride and managed to stay with leaders through out finishing in 8th spot.

D grade took off another 4 minutes later with 10 starters. This group broke up early, however, Anthony Beasley 6th and Marc Cisterna 7th keep up with front runners throughout.

C grade set out after another 6 minutes and this group seemed to do best on the day in keeping its numbers together for most of the race. A cracking pace was set in the first lap with much of C grade still together after the first lap and completing the lap in around 20 minutes. As the race progressed the group became smaller, however, the first 5 spots for the day came from this grade with a sprint to the line – Ian Preston 1st, Brian Peak 2nd, Clinton Porteous 3rd, Edmund Hall 4th and David Dickson 5th.

B grade set off 20 minutes after the start with 4 riders. This group worked hard together through the first 2 laps but by the 3rd Ben Healy and Ross Goggin had pulled away by the finish line in 19th & 20th place. Conan Liu missed the start for B but took off with A1 and found the pace too hot for the day and possibly the celebrations from the night before meant 1 lap was enough. Well done Conan for keeping up with A1.

A2 with 4 riders left 2 minutes after B grade and set a great pace throughout although Christophe Barberet 9th and Rainer Wilton 10th were able to stay away from A1 until the finish. David Parker was dropped early but managed to help out with A1 for about a lap before falling back in the field.

A1 were the last group on the road 24 minutes after the first group. The 4 riders worked hard together and were managing around or just over 19 minute laps. Consequently they managed to all come into the finish line close together with Andrew Blair 11th, Callum Hendshaw 12th, Bradley Peppinick 13th and Gerard Tiffen 14th. This group also did the 3 laps the fastest in around 58 minutes.

It was also great to see some familiar faces races after a bit of an absence. Ian McVay and Russell Marston made their first race in NSW for 2022. Ian was able to show some of us how to start the urn after we failed to get it going before the riders returned. Our apologies. Will write up Ian’s instructions for inclusion ie attached gas cylinder, turn on gas at cylinder, turn on dial to full on urn, use lighter or match, press button keeping pressed and pass flame into pilot hole at 45 degrees upwards until gas lights.

Also well done to Rosemary Robinson who possibly has only one ride left with the club. Rosemary has been a member for many years but is off to Pt Macquarie soon. Thanks for her contributions to our program and we wish her and family well in their new venture. Rosemary has been involved in almost 500 races with the club.

Well done all

Kim Malcolm

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 16th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  From the Race Committee

•  London Circuit Raising

•  Research Volunteers Wanted

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

From the Race Committee

Old Federal Highway

To run the Race at Old Federal Highway this weekend we require the following: Race Director + 5 volunteers – lead and trailing car drivers, van driver, start/finish helpers * 2.

Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actvets.cc) if you can assist.

London Circuit Raising

The ACT Government is preparing for work to start on raising London Circuit later this year to form a level intersection with Commonwealth Avenue. This may result in disruptions to road users.

Download the brochure here: https://majorprojectscanberra.cmail20.com/t/d-l-fjhddll-iykitlcdt-y/

Research Volunteers Wanted

Are you a cyclist who trains for over 5 hours or 150 km per week? Are you male and aged 18 to 50 years? Are you interested in endurance performance? Are you interested in how your body adapts to the heat?.

What’s involved? VO test, Haemoglobin mass testing, Two week cycling heat acclimation protocol in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Heat response tests in hot/dry and hot/humid environments. Physiological measurements (body temperature, heart-rate, sweat loss) will be collected.

Get in touch – Mr Peter McDonald, Peter.mcdonald@canberra.edu.au, ph 04159 08082

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 21st May – Old Federal Highway – Handicap

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 20/5/2022 8:00 PM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Turn left off new Federal Hwy (dual carriageway) onto Shingle Hill Way. The intersection is signposted to Gundaroo and approx 9 km past the Sutton Rd overpass. Park in gravel pit on corner of next intersection about 100 m in from highway.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
3 laps Handicap – 36km
Approx start times: F: 1330 E: 1338 D: 1344 C: 1348 B: 1352 A: 1356
Official handicap times will be available on race day.

Race Director:  Vacant

Marshals: Vacant

RACE REPORT:

Sutton Driver Training Centre Kermesse – 14th May

A fairly good turnout made it out for the toughest circuit race on the calendar in weather that promised forecast interruptions from precipitation. The skies looked bleak on the ride out, but the track stayed magically dry all afternoon. Track conditions were superb, with a small amount of water running across the causeway and very little gravel on the circuit, both thanks to some early gardening work by our van driver Gareth Downey.

First cabs off the rank were E and F grade, with a good showing in E, but only two in F. With a hefty headwind on the top section, the grades stayed together for half the race, before an attack saw a break of three, including Alison Hale, Allan Bontjer and Geoff Allacott establish a solid gap, which continued to grow over the course of the race. A final attack on the last lap from Allacott tore the group apart, with Hale successfully chasing the leader down on the final straight and gaining a few bike lengths by the finish. Bontjer rolled across for third.

F grade featured Chris Copeland and visitor Yvonne Poels, who were distanced from the E grade group early and broke up into individuals, meaning they had the unenviable task of TTing the remainder of the race. In the end, Yvonne had the endurance to get a gap over Chris and maintain it through to the finish.

A grade had solid numbers, which included Australian MTB champ Andy Blair as a visitor. The bunch stayed together til lap 4, when Paul Scherl attacked and established a gap of about 6 bike lengths across the line, but by the time the bunch passed the start line again, they were all together again. Next to attack were Rainer Wilton and Blair, who eked out about 50m and maintained it through most of the remaining laps, leaving the duos of Paul Scherl and Ben Carmody working together with David Parker and Rowan McMurray chasing further behind. With 2 laps to go, it was clear the Scherl / Carmody duo were bringing back the front of the race. At the start of the bell lap, Scherl had dropped Carmody and was within catch distance of the front. On the final straight, fireworks from the front beckoned, but all hopes of excitement were dashed quickly once it was clear there was an agreement, and their work was only to deny Scherl top spot on the podium. In the end, Wilton took the win ahead of Blair, with Scherl a bike length behind and catching fast.

B grade ran a similar script to A, with very little action happening for the first 4 laps. On the 5th lap, a strong break of Michael Foulds, Jason Irwin and Michael Rowland rode off the front and sank the boot in over the pinch at the end of the straight, leaving the chase group struggling to find cohesion to arrest the breaks progress. A quick conversation between Conan Liu and the remainder of the peloton yielded little encouragement for Liu, who then attacked over the middle section of the course into a headwind and leaving his companions behind. By the time the riders crossed the start line again, Liu was amongst the leading quartet and they were working efficiently. The chasers regrouped and worked together, but lacked the firepower required to bring the larger group back. In the end, attacks on the final laps saw Liu, Irwin and Rowland ride away to fight out the sprint, with Conan taking the spoils. Second was Rowland with Irwin coming in close behind.

C Grade was a fairly straight forward affair, with riders choosing companionship and camaraderie over anti social racing. The group largely stayed together for the duration, with a handful of riders jettisoned over the 40 minute race. Matt Hinchcliffe suspiciously was left on the front across the line on a number of laps, and this writer questions whether this was a bunch choice to try and deaden the legs of a competitor, or Hinchcliffe himself ensuring he made it into the Bleat. Nonetheless, dramas were saved for the final laps, with a number of ambitious attacks by Toby McLenan launching at the top of the first pinch. The attacks were quickly shut down, and the inevitable sprint saw Clinton Porteous best Ed Logue, with Brian Peak making up the final podium spot.

D Grade was equally friendly affair, with the bunch staying together for the full 40 minutes. A few riders fell away and rode the duration on their own or in pairs, but the core group worked on with no obvious shirkers saving themselves. Visitor Katie Gregory was unlucky in her first race, with loose cleats putting paid to her chances of tasting the champagne, but hopefully we’ll see her again soon. In the end, Andrew Hislop took the win ahead of Mark Taylor and Matthew Hardy.

Massive thanks to Chris Short and Gareth Downey for helping things run smoothly and ensuring our riders were full of post race refreshments.Thank you also to our first aider Simon Whitehead. Having sat this one out, I’m anxious to get back on the saddle in upcoming races – I’ll see you there!

Steve Crispin

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 9th May, 2022

Masters,

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 14th May – Sutton Driver Training – Criterium – Graded

Reminder: All riders must register on the CRMCC Web site (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 14/5/2022 4:30 AM prior to the race. There is no registration at the event.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Approx 0.5 km along Sutton Rd from intersection of Sutton Rd and Pialligo Avenue.
When: 1:30 pm.
Race Description:
E/F/G: 1.30pm 30 mins 1 lap
A/B: 2.10pm 50 mins 1 lap
C/D: 3.10pm 40 mins 1 lap
Riders to race in their road grade.

Race Director:  Steve Crispin Contact: Email: steven.crispin@ed.act.edu.au    Ph  0419 429 453.

Marshals: Christopher Short, Van driver – Gareth Downey

RACE REPORT:

The Gunning 2 Day Classic – 7/8th May

Gunning is one of our iconic races for the cycling calendar, and as many know can be unpredictable for its weather. Saturday was no exception, with the forecast of mild conditions changing to blustery and cold. Some thirty three riders started the 4 km individual Time Trial with Marc Vroomans recoding the fastest time on 5:12. With the southerly breeze increasing all riders posted great times. Points were awarded with 6 points for first, 4 points for second and 2 points for third place in the TT. There were six times riders completed the course in the same minutes/seconds time, and the timekeepers resorted to the hundredths of a second to determine placings. Christophe Barberet and Rainer Wilson in A grade, Connan Liu and Tim Brown in B grade, while Anthony Beasley and John Stokman and Andrew Hispop and Steven Simms from C all on the line. At the end of the day those minute differences did not affect the final results.

The Saturday road race of 48 km was underway as soon as possible as the temperatures were dropping rapidly. It was no surprise to hear there had been snow in the mountains. Given the rain the region has received, the road surface was in pretty good shape overall. Bonus points were on offer with a sprint prime at the top of the Cullen range and on a course that favours the climbers those extra points were valuable towards the final results. Placings at the road race finish line were awarded bonus points of 3, 2, 1 for the first three in addition to receiving points based on the number of riders in a grade and position across the line. D grade had 10 riders, therefore Mark Taylor received 10 points as first across the line plus 3 bonus points and 2 points for his TT, giving him at the end of the day of 15 points, while Bruce McMillan received 10 points for the TT and a bonus of 6 points for being first, then 8 points plus 1 bonus for 3rd in the RR and 3 additional points for the sprint prime, resulting in a commanding 28 point lead. C grade had 7 riders and was dominated by Ed Logue who had the fastest TT, first across the line and won the sprint, ending the day with 26 points. A grade with 5 saw Marc Vroomans at 22 points winning all three, in B grade Jason Irwin picked up 16 points even though not placing in the sprint, while in E grade Alan Bontjer ended the day with a healthy 20 points having also won the TT, the road race and the sprint. Chris Copeland as the only rider in F grade had maximum points. With the biting wind there was little post race discussions or social time.

Sunday fortunately was a different story, starting with sunshine and little breeze. With bonus points doubled to 6 points for first across the line per grade and sprint primes there were a lot of points on offer, and the final outcome for each grade was up for grabs. There were a few DNS’s and two DNF’s which also added to the drama of who would take out the final positions. At 10m am A, B, C and D grades set off for two laps of the course for a total of 98 km with a sprint prime on each lap. While the breeze did strengthen it was overall good racing conditions. E grade set off an hour later for one lap and managed to return without being caught. Alan Bontjer provided the closest finish for the day with a strong sprint for the line ahead of Kevin Newhouse, winning by a tyre width and Ian Morton rounding out the grade. With bonuses Allan had a clear overall tally of 31 points with Kevin on 23 and Ian on 8. Alex Sommariva had opted to drop to E grade for Sunday and was therefore not counted in the points.

The grades generally stuck together and given the southerly headwind coming back was a worthwhile tactic, with A grade opting to all wait for a flat tyre repair just after the Breadalbane second turn. B grade overtook them and led back to the finish with Paul Welsh crossing ahead of Jason Irwin, Michael Rowland in third and Conan Liu in fourth place. In any staged event consistency is key, and Jason maintained that to finish up on 26 points, Paul on 18, closely followed by Conan on 16 and Michael on 12. A grade soon followed, with Chris Short ahead of Christophe Barberet, followed by Marc Vroomans and David Parker. Marc taking out both primes gave an additional 6 points combined with a strong position from Saturday gave a total of 31 points, with Chris on 25, Christophe on 16 and David on 3.

Ed Logue in C grade gets the most combative rider award, taking out every stage and sprint throughout the two days to amass 44 points ahead of Clinton Porteous on 20. Brian Peak finished on 18 with Michael Carr on 16, Ian Preston on 12 and Owen Tilley on 10. D grade starting with 10 riders on Saturday was down to 6 on Sunday. Once again consistency paid off. Bruce McMillan after ending Saturday on 28 points proved dominant winning the road race and the first prime sprint giving a total of 43 points. Michael Hanbury added second in both Sunday primes for a total of 26 points, Mark Taylor’s downfall was his TT, and with the largest grade numbers he missed out on valuable points there to end up with a total of 23. Tony Beasley at 19 points ahead of Steve Simms on17, and Brian Chugg on 7.

Using a points based system plus bonuses instead of GC time provided a different way of assessing the race position. It was certainly a much easier to system to implement and rewarding consistency and to some extent the grades with larger numbers, with the reverse also true and some riders missing out on valuable points for the overall position.

As always, this race would not have been possible without the dedicated support from the volunteers. Rob Langridge in particular for grading and recording, Paul Robey for driving the van and time keeping, putting out the urn and afternoon teas etc , Darren Blackhurst as lead car driver both days and general assisting, Matt Hinchcliff driving on Saturday and Kim Malcom on Sunday and Andre Swenson for marshalling, and our ever cheerful Simon on First Aid, who once again was thankfully not required to fix any broken or grazed riders.

Bob Miller

The Winners

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

A Grade: Marc Vroomans (1st), Christopher Short (2nd), Christophe Barberet (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

B Grade: Jason Irwin (1st), Paul Welsh (2nd), Conan Liu (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

C Grade: Ed Logue (1st), Clinton Porteous (2nd), Brian Peak (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

D Grade: Bruce McMillan (1st), Michael Hanbury (2nd), Mark K Taylor (3rd)

Capital Region Masters Cycling Club

E Grade: Allan Bontjer (1st), Kevin Newhouse (2nd), Ian Morton (3rd)

Capital Region Masters – Weekly Bleat, Monday 2nd May, 2022

Masters,

It’s the Gunning 2 Day event coming up this weekend.

In this week’s Bleat;

•  Gunning 2 Day

•  Racing this Week

•  Race Report

Ian Morton
thebleat@actvets.cc

Gunning 2 Day

Event Overview

The Gunning 2 Day Event will comprise 3 races;

  • 4 km Time Trial
  • 48 km Road Race
  • 48 km/96 km Road Race

General Classification

Overall classification will be based on aggregated points awarded across the 3 races based on position, finish bonuses and sprint primes;

TT:
Winner gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, with last place getting one point. There will be a 6-point bonus for first, 4 for second and 2 for third. Eg. the winner in a TT with 10 riders will be awarded 16 points.

48km RR:
Winner of the 48km RR gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, with last place getting one point. There will be a 3-point bonus for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Sprint primes will be worth 3, 2 and 1 point.

96km RR:
Winner of the RR gets a score equivalent to the number of riders in the event, and so on with last place getting one point. There will be a 6-point bonus for first, 2 for second and 1 for third. Eg, the winner in a RR with 10 riders will be awarded 16 points. Sprint primes will be worth 3, 2 and 1 point.

Note: Riders MUST have completed stages 1&2 on the Saturday to be eligible to race in Stage 3 on Sunday.

Registration

Competitors who wish to be eligible for the General Classification must compete in all three events. Register for all three events in the RMS individually. Competitors may choose to compete in the Saturday Races only and results will go towards season results but will not quality for the 2 Day medals.

Water Bottles

For the 98km race on Sunday, the club will not be providing additional water bottles. Riders who require additional water for the second leg, may bring their own to be collected at the turn. The turn will be neutral to allow riders to pick up their bottles.

Porta-Loo

The Committee is still working on arranging a Porta-Loo. Details will advised later.

Presentation

Following the Stage 3 on Sunday, there will be a medal presentation and light refreshments.

Officials

One more official is required to assist on Saturday and two more officials are required on Sunday. Please let the Race Committee (race.committee@actsvets.cc) if you can assist.

RACING THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 7th May – Stage 1 – Time Trial

When: 10:00 am.
Race Description:
Time Trial (4 km)

Saturday, 7th May – Stage 2 – Scratch

When: 11:30 am.
Race Description:
Gunning – Breadalbane – return, All Grades (48 km)

Sunday, 8th May – Stage 3 – Scratch

When: 10:00 am for ABCD, 11:00 am for EFG.
Race Description:
Gunning – Breadalbane – return, ABCD 2 laps (98 km), EFG 1 lap (48 km)

Reminder: All riders must register for each event on the ACT Vets website (https://rms.actvets.cc/calendar) by 6/5/2022 6:00 PM prior to the event. There are no registrations on the day.

Any requests for Grade changes should be sorted out with the Handicapper prior to registration.

Where: Approx 1.5 km – North East of Gunning. Park off the road at the top of the hill.

Race Director:  Bob Miller Contact: Email: bobmiller.photo@gmail.com    Ph  0411 271 656

Marshals: Andre Swenson, Matt Hinchcliffe, Darren Blackhurst, Robert Langridge, Van Driver – Paul Robey

RACE REPORT:

Smiths Rd – Naas Rd – 30th April

Mt Tennent Terror lives up to its name…

With the scarcity of suitable road race venues the Smiths Rd course (AKA Mt Tennent Terror) is now one of few the courses with low traffic in the ACT. Gone are the days of starting at Lookout Hill, doing a turn on the Pt Hutt Crossing road then zooming through Tharwa and onto the Apollo Rd and then returning.

The forecast for the entire week was not good, but once Saturday dawned the rain was gone and a few starters took advantage of the extended registration period to lock in their road season debut. Conditions were sunny but windy when ETCs Tony Weir and Brian Peek and marshal Karen Clutson gathered to perform the arduous task of setting up the signs for the race. Many thanks for making the day a great success. Simon, our first aider, was on hand, but his skills did not extend to fixing the various cardiovascular malfunctions caused by the Mt Tennant ridge and the howling gale.

Although it was all calm when the grades rolled out from Smiths Rd to Naas Rd onto the course, it was carnage by the time most grades returned after the first lap. By the end of the second lap there were no indications that the race was a graded scratch.

Completing two laps, Alison Hale led Simon Milnes and Shirley-Anne Taylor for the E grade podium. Chris Copeland was the solo finisher for F grade.

The unstoppable Garard Tiffen took out A grade followed by new rider Michael Rosser and Al Raitt.

There was actually a sprint in B grade where Jason Irwin got the better of Chris Short, with Michael Roland not far behind.

C grade was one for the history books, as Ian Preston broke away early and soloed to victory by a substantial margin. Missing at this triumph was Mrs Presto who loyally cheers him on at every crit without fail. Second was Owain Tilley followed by Damian Copeland.

D grade finished in a sprint between Stuart Roesler and Tony Beasley. Stuart won this, ensuring he will return to C grade. Anthony Dick was third in one of his rare road appearances.

One good aspect of this race was the appearance of a number of riders who’ve yet to enjoy many road races with the club. Welcome to David Parker, Jason Irwin, Michael Rowland, Michael Davies, Krusty Bryant, Scott Bird and Ed Hall. Let’s hope they return for more tests of their sanity and willpower.

And special thanks to Cat Riley for her home-made biccies.

I’m hoping for a good turnout at Gunning this Saturday. This is the easiest course to race in the region and shouldn’t be missed.

Rob Langridge

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